Is there a way to write on a cake without "dragging" some of the lines? I tend to have to go back over a few of the lines to re-make them because the tip has kinda dragged the line up on top of the next line. I wish I had a picture to show you... but I don't.
Is there a certain angle to hold the bag, or do I need to squeeze harder? I'm messing up cakes at work (I work in a bakery at my grocery store, and we write messages on cakes for people who want them), and I feel so bad when I have to hand them back the cake with writing on it that looks like a retarded 5 year old did it.
I use butter cream with pipping gel and never had a problem
I agree with Frankyola, whenever I do a cake with writing, I mix in a little piping gel with my buttercream and it makes the icing smoother.
Oops!! I forgot, just add 1/2 teaspoon of piping gel to 1 cup of buttercream and mix it really good.
Hold the bag above the cake. Let the tip touch the cake when you start to write and when you end. You hold the bag so the icing flows on the cake and NOT the tip. If you screw up, just let it crust a little and lift it off. Good luck.
Really good advice msulli10
So, I can't add the piping gel, because the icing I'm using is not mine, it belongs to the store, (sucks), but all I have to do is just pretty much squeeze and let the icing "fall" onto the cake? I've been writing like I would with a regular pen, to where the tip is almost touching the cake, but not really.
But why can't you add the piping gel? I mean the other suggestion works too, but is there a policy or something? If they have it in the bakery I don't see why you can't use it...
That's just it, we don't have it in the bakery. And I can't exactly take it off the shelves, and use it.
Oh well. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, eventually.
Oh, ok, makes sense.
Yes, you pretty much squeeze so the icing falls on the cake. If you have the right consistency it should work fine. It may take a little practice.
So.... I had to write on a cake today, and I didn't have to go back over any of the lines!!! Woot! I'm getting better. Now, if only I could make the writing prettier. lmao. It's sad that the lone guy in our bakery has prettier hand writing than the rest of us!
Ask your bakery manager if you can take a small amount of icing (not enough to ice a cake or he'll think you're stealing) so you can practice. When you get home print out a sheet of pretty writing from the computer and put a piece of wax/parchment paper over it and write away. Scrape off when you're done and that helps with improving your handwriting.